Nepal Trekking Kit
Perfect for Everest Base Camp & the Annapurna Circuit.
May 16, 2023
Nepal is a beautiful country with a rich culture and many natural wonders to explore. If you're looking for a mixture of trekking, climbing, nature, good food, and cultural experiences for your first visit, here are some destinations to consider:
1. Kathmandu: The capital city of Nepal is a great place to start your trip. You can explore the city's many temples, palaces, and markets, and get a taste of Nepal's rich history and culture. Some must-see attractions in Kathmandu include the Swayambhunath stupa, the Pashupatinath temple, and the Boudhanath stupa.
2. Pokhara: Located a few hours west of Kathmandu, Pokhara is a popular destination for trekking and adventure activities. You can go trekking in the nearby Annapurna mountain range, go paragliding over the stunning Phewa Lake, or simply relax in one of the city's many cafes and restaurants.
3. Chitwan National Park: If you're interested in wildlife and nature, Chitwan National Park is a must-visit destination. The park is home to a wide variety of animals, including tigers, rhinos, elephants, and crocodiles, and you can take a jungle safari to see them up close.
4. Everest Base Camp: For a more challenging trekking experience, consider a trek to Everest Base Camp. The trek takes you through stunning mountain landscapes and allows you to see the world's highest peak up close.
5. Bhaktapur: Located just outside of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur is a well-preserved medieval city that offers a glimpse into Nepal's rich history and culture. You can explore the city's many temples and ancient buildings, and try some of the delicious Newari cuisine.
These are just a few of the many destinations to consider for your first visit to Nepal. Whether you're interested in trekking, climbing, nature, good food, or cultural experiences, Nepal has something to offer everyone.
Packing for a trip to Nepal will depend on the activities you have planned and the time of year you will be traveling. However, here are some general items you may want to consider bringing:
1. Clothing: Comfortable and breathable clothing is recommended, such as lightweight shirts, pants, and shorts. Depending on the time of year and your activities, you may also need warm layers, rain gear, and sturdy footwear for trekking or climbing.
2. First aid kit: Include items such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, and any personal prescription medications. If you use it on a regular basis at home, bring it with you.
3. Sun protection: Nepal is at high elevation, so the sun can be strong even on cloudy days. Checkout our Sun Protection Collection for Ideas.
4. Electronics: Nepal has a mix of electrical outlets, so bring a universal adapter if you plan to use electronics. TeaHouses at higher elevations will charge you for electricity, and may be in short supply if you are trekking during the busy season. Bringing your own portable charger or spare batteries is recommended.
5. Travel documents: Your passport and any necessary visas or permits for entry into Nepal or specific activities.
6. Cash and credit cards: Bring enough cash to cover your expenses, as ATMs may be limited in some areas. Additionally, credit cards are accepted in some places but may not be widely accepted in more remote areas. Cash is a safe bet & preferred in most locations.
7. Water bottle & Water Purification: Bring a refillable water bottle to reduce your plastic waste and stay hydrated. Please note that not all tap water in Nepal is potable, so bringing a water purification device (like a steripen or iodine tablets) is highly recommended!
These are just a few suggestions, and your packing list will depend on your specific itinerary and needs. Be sure to also check the weather forecast and research any specific gear or clothing requirements for your activities.
When to Go
The best time of year to go trekking in Nepal is generally from September to November, and from March to May. During these months, the weather is usually dry and clear, making it ideal for trekking and enjoying the stunning mountain views.
The months from December to February are also possible for trekking, but the temperatures can be very cold, especially at higher altitudes. During the monsoon season from June to August, the trails can be muddy and slippery, making trekking more challenging.
It's important to keep in mind that weather patterns can be unpredictable, so it's always a good idea to check the forecast and be prepared for changes in weather conditions. Additionally, some trekking routes may have specific peak seasons, so be sure to research your specific itinerary and plan accordingly.
A Few Itineraries for some of our favorite Treks
Everest Base Camp trek starting from Kathmandu:
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu, settle in at your hotel, and explore the city.
Day 2: Explore Kathmandu: Take a guided tour of Kathmandu's cultural and historical sites, such as the Swayambhunath Stupa and Durbar Square.
Day 3: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding: Take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, then begin your trek to Phakding.
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar, the main trading center of the Khumbu region.
Day 5: Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar: Take a rest day in Namche Bazaar to acclimatize to the altitude. You can take a short hike to the Everest View Hotel for panoramic views of Everest and other Himalayan peaks.
Day 6: Trek to Tengboche: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche, home to a famous Buddhist monastery and stunning mountain views.
Day 7: Trek to Dingboche: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche, a village surrounded by towering peaks.
Day 8: Acclimatization day in Dingboche: Take another rest day in Dingboche to acclimatize to the altitude. You can take a short hike to Nangkartshang Peak for stunning views of the valley.
Day 9: Trek to Lobuche: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche, a village located near the base of Khumbu Glacier.
Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep, visit Everest Base Camp: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep, then hike to Everest Base Camp. Return to Gorak Shep for the night.
Day 11: Hike to Kala Patthar, return to Pheriche: Hike to Kala Patthar for sunrise views of Everest and other Himalayan peaks, then return to Gorak Shep for breakfast. Trek back to Pheriche for the night.
Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazaar: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar, retracing your steps through the Khumbu region.
Day 13: Trek to Lukla: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla, where you'll spend your final night in the Khumbu region.
Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu: Take an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, and spend the day exploring the city and shopping for souvenirs.
Here's a sample itinerary for trekking the Annapurna Circuit:
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu and check into your hotel.
Day 2: Explore Kathmandu and get any necessary permits for the trek.
Day 3: Drive to Besishahar (6-7 hours) and stay overnight.
Day 4: Begin trek from Besishahar to Bahundanda (1310m).
Day 5: Trek from Bahundanda to Chamje (1410m).
Day 6: Trek from Chamje to Dharapani (1960m).
Day 7: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2670m).
Day 8: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3200m).
Day 9: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3540m).
Day 10: Acclimatization day in Manang. You can explore the town and do some short hikes.
Day 11: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4110m).
Day 12: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4600m).
Day 13: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorong La Pass (5416m).
Day 14: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2700m).
Day 15: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and check into your hotel.
Day 16: Explore Pokhara and relax.
Day 17: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and check into your hotel.
Day 18: Depart Kathmandu for your return journey home.
Please note that this is just a sample itinerary, and you can customize it according to your own preferences and needs. Additionally, the actual trekking duration may vary based on your physical fitness and acclimatization time.